Salted Caramel Fudge Drops Recipe
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Salted Caramel Fudge Drops Recipe

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These cookies, which start with a mix, are unbelievably decadent! I like to use caramel-filled Dove chocolates. It’s nice dough to make ahead, roll into balls and freeze for up to 3 months. Then just bake the cookies as you need them. —Carole Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 48 caramel-filled chocolate candies
  • Coarsely ground sea salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 135 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 58mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt unsweetened chocolate and butter in a microwave; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. In a large bowl, beat cookie mix, egg, milk, vanilla and chocolate mixture. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  2. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are set. Press a candy into the center of each cookie. Let stand 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 4 dozen.
To Make Ahead: Cookies can be stored for 1 week in an airtight container at room temperature.
Originally published as Salted Caramel Fudge Drops in Simple & Delicious October/November 2012, p36

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smile4leah User ID: 7464382 215498
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"I was looking for a new Christmas cookie recipe to use this year with chocolate and caramel. These were easy to make with the kids and the whole family loves them! We used Dove dark chocolate caramels and kosher salt (because I already had that in my cupboard). I also used the smaller of my two Pampered Chef cookie dough scoopers and found that ratio to the size of the Dove chocolates to be perfect :-) If you are hesitating to make these, don't - they are delicious!!! I already told my mom and brother that they need to make them."

sloanrecipes User ID: 1243836 198010
Reviewed May. 25, 2014

"I've made these delicious cookies over and over. Each time they look like the picture. I give them to family and friends they love them. I always receive requests for the recipe. Yum!!"

cherylrein User ID: 2921847 119169
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"Good flavor, but no nice round balls like the picture. Cookies spread out way too thin and the candy wouldn't even go in. Baked them in the little cupcake papers instead but they stuck to the paper. Flavor OK, but sure don't turn out pretty like the picture. Even refrigerated the dough overnight - same result."

djamjones User ID: 1614411 213384
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"These are delicious! I am adding them to my Christmas cookie plates this year! Made as directed and although mine were slightly thinner, they looked perfect with the Dove chocolate caramels as suggested."

QueenoftheSloths User ID: 449256 125265
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"My cookies also spread out thinner than I was expecting, but that did not keep them from being incredibly delicious! I subbed semisweet chocolate for the unsweetened, and kosher salt instead of sea salt. I found them to be the tastiest with a heavier sprinkle of salt than the pic shows. We couldn't stop eating these."

Nanaamc User ID: 7000981 198009
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"This was a disaster! The cookies baked up big and thin, so when I put the candies in they soaked through and broke all apart when I tried to transfer them. So...second batch, I put the bater in paper cups in my mini muffin tin. Results? Perfect! Looks just like the picture! So my final assessment is, good recipe, lousy directions."

allgirl1966 User ID: 5427504 198008
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"These are My Thanksgiving guests LOVED them. I am making them again to take to a cookie swap this weekend. Thanks for a great recipe! (I use the caramel Dove chocolates, too.)"

ina228 User ID: 2600381 125264
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Made this, didn't have a can of condensed milk so made my own with brown sugar ,eggs, baking powder. Everyone loved them,"

ina228 User ID: 2600381 125258
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2012

"Made this, didn't have a can of condensed milk so made my own with brown sugar ,eggs, baking powder. Everyone loved them"

Michelle Christophersen User ID: 3753029 195434
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2012

"I also was looking forward to trying these. I had the same thing happen as thanewm the dough looked more like cake batter and the cookies were very thin. Unfortunately, these were a disappointment to me."

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